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Profile Evaluation. Thank you very much! [#permalink]
31 Jan 2011, 17:29
Thank you in advance for taking the time to look over my profile!
Demographic information: Female, 27, grew up in India but am now a U.S. permanent resident
Work Experience: I will have 5 years of experience (at the time of application) working for an entrepreneurial women-owned consulting company in Washington, DC. I have been promoted every year, reaching a project leadership position in 1.5 years and a management position in 3 (most of the other individuals at my level are in their mid-to-late thirties). I have managed over a dozen projects related to housing and housing finance for a range of government agencies with responsibilities including managing the day-to-day client relationship, timelines, profitability, resource allocation, team performance, issue resolution and deliverable formulation and delivery. I managed one project in particular, that resulted in the company winning a prestigious national small business award from the government agency involved.
Extracurriculars: I was Treasurer of two campus organizations for three of my four years in college. My junior year of college, I was selected through a competitive hiring process for a position as a Resident Assistant. Since college, I have not really had many extracurriculars in the traditional sense. Given that the company that I work for is a relatively recent, albiet successful, start-up I have spent a lot of time working with the Partner's to build our practice. So I helped the company set up a Project Management Office and delivered company-wide training on the competencies, tools and techniques we developed. I am also currently leading an effort to re-design the compensation and benefits structure for the company and improve employee retention.
GMAT 710 (92% overall, V99%, Q61%)
GPA: 2.75 with a degree from a top 15 undergraduate business school
UG GPA: While there really is no excuse for my UG GPA, the primary contributor to my low GPA was one very bad year. I was struggling with being away from my family during a difficult time for us all, the demands of being a Resident Assistant and effectively living where you work, and my extracurricular commitments, and my GPA suffered. My GPA before that year was a 3.2 and my GPA my senior year was a 3.5. To help demonstrate that I can handle the coursework of a challenging MBA program, I have been working on building an alternative transcript for the last year or so. I have taken Business Statistics, Managerial Finance and am currently taking Calculus with UCLA's Extension program and have gotten/hope to get As in all of my classes.
Short-term goal: Work for one of the top five strategy consulting companies after my MBA to gain additional experience and exposure to other industries and companies. Long-term goal: Transition to general management at a consumer products company that has a significant investment in/focus on developing markets.
The schools I am considering applying to are: Wharton, MIT, Northwestern, NYU, UCLA, Duke, U Va, UNC and USC
I would really appreciate your assessment of my chances of getting into the schools mentioned above, and any thoughts on additions to or subtractions from the list.
Re: Profile Evaluation. Thank you very much! [#permalink]
31 Jan 2011, 22:58
Narrow your list. You're choosing the right range, so choose about 5-6 to apply to. Applying to all 9 can in a way hurt you because you're diluting your efforts across too many schools (and you'll also burn out your recommenders).
Wharton, Sloan, Kellogg: you have an outside shot at these schools; consider it a stretch, but a stretch that's at least worth applying to; focus on *one* (so you have time to do the other schools). As for which one, I'll let you decide that based on which one you feel is the best fit for you
NYU, UCLA, Duke, Darden: these are your sweet spots; you can choose to apply to all 4 of these, and have a decent shot of getting in;
UNC, USC: these are reasonable safeties; you may not need to apply to both; choose one
Also, given that you're 5 years out of school, your college extracurriculars are no longer relevant or worth highlighting unless you did something truly extraordinary (i.e. you were a nationally ranked athlete). Keep in mind that Sloan has traditionally required that you write about examples that have happened within the last 3 years, and while the other schools don't have that specific of a requirement, it's a good rule of thumb to go by for all b-school essays (use more recent examples).
Alex Chu firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.mbaapply.com